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Norm Macdonald
Norm Macdonald.jpg
Macdonald in 2009
Birth name Norman Gene Macdonald
Born (1959-10-17) October 17, 1959 (age 57)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality Canadian
Years active 1987–present
Genres Political satire, observational comedy, anti-humor, feghoots, black comedy, surreal humour, wit
Spouse Connie Macdonald (divorced)
Notable works and roles "Weekend Update" anchor on Saturday Night Live
Norm Henderson on The Norm Show
"himself" on "Norm Macdonald Live"

Norman Gene "Norm" Macdonald[1] (born October 17, 1959)[2][3][4][5] is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He was best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which included anchoring "Weekend Update" for three years. Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne and made appearances on shows including The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. He starred in The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001. Comedy Central named him #83 on the five-part miniseries 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. His brother is Canadian journalist Neil Macdonald, of CBC News.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Macdonald was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada,[8] He has a brother, Neil Macdonald, who is a journalist with the CBC.[7] Their parents, Percy (died 1990) and Ferne, were teachers.[3]

Career[edit]

Macdonald's first performances in comedy were at stand-up at clubs in Ottawa. He appeared at the 1987 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.[9]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Macdonald joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) television program in 1993, where he performed impressions of Larry King, Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Quentin Tarantino, Charles Kuralt and Bob Dole, among others. Following Kevin Nealon's departure from SNL, Macdonald anchored the segment "Weekend Update". "Weekend Update" anchor and head writer Colin Jost named Macdonald as a primary influence on Jost's own work behind the "Update" desk, explaining that Macdonald's tone was one that Jost grew up with in high school.[10]

Macdonald's version of "Weekend Update" often included repeated references to prison rape, crack whores and the Germans' love of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. Macdonald would occasionally deliver a piece of news, then take out his personal compact tape recorder and leave a "note to self" relevant to what he just discussed. He commonly used Frank Stallone as a non sequitur punchline. Macdonald repeatedly ridiculed public figures such as Marion Barry, Michael Jackson and O. J. Simpson. Throughout Simpson's trial for murder, Macdonald constantly pilloried the former football star, often heavily implying Simpson was guilty of the brutal slaying of his wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. In the broadcast following Simpson's acquittal, Macdonald opened "Weekend Update" by saying: "Well, it is finally official: Murder is legal in the state of California."

During the February 24, 1996, episode, Macdonald made a controversial joke about the sentencing of John Lotter, one of the two men who committed the notorious murder of Brandon Teena: "In Falls City, Nebraska, John Lotter has been sentenced to death for attempting to kill three people in what prosecutors called a plot to silence a cross-dressing female who had accused him of rape. Now this might strike some viewers as harsh, but I believe everyone involved in this story deserved to die."[11][12]

After the announcement that Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley planned to divorce, Macdonald joked about their irreconcilable differences on "Weekend Update": "She's more of a stay-at-home type, and he's more of a homosexual pedophile." He followed this up a few episodes later with a report about the singer's collapse and hospitalization. Referring to a report of how Jackson had decorated his hospital room with giant photographs of Shirley Temple, Macdonald remarked that viewers should not get the wrong idea, adding, "Michael Jackson is a homosexual pedophile." The joke elicited audible gasps from some audience members. He responded to this by saying, "What? He is a homosexual pedophile."[13]

During the April 12, 1997, show (host Rob Lowe, musical guest The Spice Girls), wherein, during a "Weekend Update" story about Tabitha Soren, he accidentally coughed in the middle of a sentence and, live on the air, muttered, "What the fuck was that?" The audience applauded, and Macdonald laughed the error away (saying at one point "My farewell performance" and, in closing, "Maybe we'll see you next week").

In early 1998, Don Ohlmeyer had Macdonald removed as "Weekend Update" anchor, citing declining ratings and a drop-off in quality. Macdonald and others believed that the real reason for his dismissal was the inclusion of a series of jokes calling O. J. Simpson a murderer during and after the trial (Ohlmeyer was good friends with Simpson).[14] The jokes were written primarily by Macdonald and longtime SNL writer Jim Downey, who was fired from SNL outright at the same time. (He was rehired in 2000.) Downey pointed out in an interview that Ohlmeyer had thrown a party for the jurors that had acquitted Simpson.[15]

On February 28, 1998, in one of his last appearances on SNL, he played the host of a fictitious TV show called Who's More Grizzled? who asked questions of "mountain men" played by that night's host Garth Brooks and special guest Robert Duvall. In the sketch, Brooks's character said to Macdonald's character, "I don't much care for you," to which Macdonald replied, "A lot of people don't."

In a Late Show with David Letterman interview, Macdonald said that after being fired, he could not "do anything else on any competing show."[16]

After SNL[edit]

Soon after leaving Saturday Night Live, Macdonald co-wrote and starred in the "revenge comedy" Dirty Work (1998), directed by Bob Saget and co-starring Artie Lange and featuring Chris Farley in his last movie; the film was dedicated in his memory. Later that year, Macdonald voiced the character of Lucky the dog in the Eddie Murphy adaptation of Dr. Dolittle. He reprised the role in both Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) and Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006). Macdonald voiced the character of Death on an episode of Family Guy. Because of a conflict with his standup comedy schedule,[citation needed] he was unavailable to voice the character for his next appearance; Death has since been voiced by Adam Carolla. In 1999, Macdonald starred in the sitcom The Norm Show (later renamed Norm), co-starring Laurie Metcalf, Artie Lange and Ian Gomez. It ran for three seasons on ABC. Macdonald voiced Hardee's restaurants' (Carl's Jr. on the U.S. west coast) costumed mascot, the Hardee's star in advertisements.[citation needed] Macdonald appeared on several Miller Lite commercials that year.[citation needed] He appeared on the September 1999 Saturday Night Live primetime special celebrating the program's 25th year on the air.[citation needed]

Macdonald returned to Saturday Night Live to host the October 23, 1999, show. In his opening monologue, he expressed resentment at having been fired, then concluded that the only reason he was asked to host was because "the show has gotten really bad" since he left,[17] echoing a perennial criticism of the show. The next episode, airing November 6, 1999, and hosted by Dylan McDermott, featured a sketch wherein Chris Kattan, as the androgynous character Mango, is opening letters from celebrity admirers and, after opening the last one, says "[The letter is from] Norm Macdonald—who is that?" Earlier in 1999, Macdonald made a cameo appearance in the Andy Kaufman biographical drama Man on the Moon. When Michael Richards refused to portray himself in the scene reenacting the famous Fridays incident in which Kaufman throws water in his face, Macdonald stepped in to play Richards, although he is never referred to by name.

In 2000, Macdonald played the starring role for the second time in a motion picture, Screwed, which fared poorly at the box office.[citation needed]

On November 12, 2000, he appeared on the Celebrity Edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, winning $500,000 for Paul Newman's Charity Camp.[18] Macdonald continued to make appearances on television shows and in films. In 2003 he played the title character in the Fox sitcom A Minute with Stan Hooper, which was canceled after six episodes.

In 2005, Macdonald signed a deal with Comedy Central to create the sketch-comedy Back to Norm, which debuted that May. The pilot was never turned into a series. Its cold opening parodied the suicide of Budd Dwyer, a Pennsylvania politician who, facing decades of incarceration, committed suicide on live television in 1987. Rob Schneider appeared in the pilot. Later in 2005, Macdonald performed as a voice actor, portraying a genie named Norm, on two episodes of the cartoon series The Fairly OddParents. But he could not return for the third episode, "Fairy Idol", owing to a scheduling conflict.[citation needed] In 2006, Macdonald again performed as a voice actor, this time in a series of commercials for the Canadian cellphone-services provider Bell Mobility, as the voice of "Frank the Beaver".[citation needed] The campaign was extended through 2008 to promote offerings from other Bell Canada divisions such as the Internet provider Bell Sympatico and the satellite service Bell TV.[19]

In September 2006, Macdonald's sketch comedy album Ridiculous was released by Comedy Central Records. It features appearances by Will Ferrell, Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon and Artie Lange. Macdonald was a guest character on My Name Is Earl in the episode "Two Balls, Two Strikes" as "Lil Chubby", the son of "Chubby" (played by Burt Reynolds), similar to Macdonald's portrayals of Reynolds on SNL.

In the 2007 World Series of Poker, he came in 20th place out of 827 entrants in the $3,000 No Limit Texas Hold 'em event, winning $14,608.[20] He made it to round two of the $5,000 World Championship of Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em. On the comedy website, Super Deluxe, he has created an animated series entitled "The Fake News".[21] Macdonald has filled in during Dennis Miller's weekly O'Reilly Factor "Miller Time" segment, and guest-hosted Miller's radio show on which he was a regular weekly contributor.[citation needed]

On June 19, 2008, Macdonald was a celebrity panelist on two episodes of a revived version of the game show Match Game.[22] On August 17, 2008, Macdonald was a participant in the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, performing intentionally cheesy and G-rated material that contrasted greatly with the raunchy performances of the other roasters.[citation needed] In AT&T commercials around Christmas 2007 and 2008, Macdonald voiced a gingerbread boy in a commercial for AT&T's GoPhone.[23] In 2009, Macdonald played a fictional, down-on-his-luck version of himself on FX's The Norm Macdonald Reality Show.[24] On the May 16, 2009, episode of Saturday Night Live, Macdonald reappeared as Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy!, and in another sketch.[citation needed] On May 31, 2009, he appeared on Million Dollar Password.[citation needed]

Macdonald became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien during its 2009 and 2010 run.[citation needed] He has made frequent appearances on the Internet talk show Tom Green's House Tonight, and on May 20, 2010, was guest host.[citation needed]

In September 2010, Macdonald was developing a series for Comedy Central that he described as a sports version of The Daily Show.[25] Sports Show with Norm Macdonald premiered April 12, 2011.[26] Nine ordered episodes were broadcast. Macdonald's first standup special, Me Doing Stand-Up, aired on Comedy Central on March 26, 2011.[27] On February 26, 2011, he became a commentator and co-host (with Kara Scott) of the seventh season of the TV series High Stakes Poker on Game Show Network.[28]

In June 2012, he became the spokesperson for Safe Auto Insurance Company. Along with television and radio commercials, web banners and outdoor boards, the effort included a series of made-for-web videos. As part of the campaign, the state minimum auto insurance company is introducing a new tagline, "Drive Safe, Spend Less."

On March 26, 2013, Macdonald premiered his new podcast, called Norm Macdonald Live, co-hosted by Adam Eget, streaming live weekly on Video Podcast Network, and posted later on YouTube.[29] It received positive notices from USA Today,[30] Entertainment Weekly,[31] and the "America's Comedy" website,[32] while the Independent Film Channel stated that while Macdonald remained "a comedy force to be reckoned with", and "did not quite disappoint", the show was "a bit rough around the edges."[33] The second season of Norm Macdonald Live began on May 12, 2014.

On an episode of the Rob Breakenridge Show airing February 6, 2014, Macdonald said he was writing his memoirs .[34] In 2014, Macdonald unsuccessfully campaigned on Twitter to be named the new host of The Late Late Show after then-current host Craig Ferguson announced he would be leaving.[35][36]

On May 15, 2015, Macdonald was the final stand-up act on the Late Show with David Letterman and included in his set a joke Letterman had told the first time Macdonald had ever seen him, during his appearance on a Canadian talk show, 90 Minutes Live, in the 1970s, where a teenaged Macdonald had been in the studio audience.[37] Also in 2015, Macdonald was a judge for the ninth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, joining the previous season's judges, Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans and replacing fellow Canadian Russell Peters from 2014.

In August 2015, he succeeded Darrel Hammond as Colonel Sanders in TV commercials for the KFC chain of fast food restaurants.[38][39]

Influences and views on comedy[edit]

Macdonald says his influences include Bob Newhart,[40] Leo Tolstoy,[41] Bob Hope,[42] Sam Kinison,[42] and Dennis Miller.[43]

Speaking about Canada's homegrown comedy industry, Macdonald reflected that he would have liked there to have been more opportunity for him to stay in the country early in his career, stating:

Now I know there's more of, like, an industry there. Like I was happy that Brent Butt got Corner Gas. Because he's a really funny guy. But there wasn't that opportunity when I was there. I remember Mike McDonald had one short-lived series, but that was about it. Otherwise there was nothing to do. But it was great with standup. It was way, way better with standup than in the States. Like, I think the standups are generally much better in Canada. Because, like, when I was in Canada, none of us had any ambition to movies or TV because there were no movies or television. So it was all standup and we just assumed we'd be standups for our whole lives and that was what was fun. And then when I came to the States, I realized, whoa, they don't take their standup very seriously here because they're just trying to do something other than standup and using standup as, like, a springboard to something else that they're generally not as good at.[44]

Reflecting on the state of modern comedy, Macdonald bemoans the influx of dramatic actors into comedy and comedians into dramatic acting:

What young, handsome person is funny? I remember on Saturday Night Live hosts would come in. You know, like handsome hosts. They'd be dramatic actors generally. And the publicist would always be like, "This is a big chance for this guy because he's really a funny guy and people don't know it. He's hilarious!" And then he'd just suck, you know?...I always liked Steve Martin when he was crazy. Because dramatic actors know how to be likeable and stuff. To me, if you've got a guy like Steve Martin or Jim Carrey or something, who are unbelievably funny, I don't know why they'd want to be dramatic actors when they have no chance. They're completely outclassed by actual dramatic actors. How many funny comedy actors are there? There's like a million great dramatic actors. I don't know why they'd want to switch. I guess to get respect or something, I don't know.[44]

Political views[edit]

Despite referring to himself as apolitical, Macdonald has made controversial statements regarding politically charged issues. At the end of the last Weekend Update segment before the 1996 presidential election, Macdonald urged viewers to vote for Bob Dole (of whom Macdonald frequently performed a comic impersonation), though hinting that he had solely said it so that he could continue impersonating him.

On the November 16, 2000, episode of The View Macdonald said that he thought George W. Bush was "a decent man" and he called Bill Clinton a "murderer" (regarding the Vince Foster case). Macdonald later stated in Maxim magazine that he is completely apolitical, and that he was joking when he said Clinton "killed a guy" (he further explained on The Adam Carolla Show that the comments were simply designed to anger Barbara Walters). In a phone interview, he later clarified his views on George W. Bush and the Iraq War thus: "I wish there was another president, a different president engaging the war, since we're in the war because I don't think Bush did a very good job with it. The war itself, you know, if it works it was worth it. But I don't know if it's going to work, so I don't know".[44]

In December 29, 2003, Macdonald again appeared on The View and jokingly renounced his Canadian citizenship over his home country's decision not to participate in the Iraq War. He furthermore stated his belief that Ronald Reagan was the greatest president ever and said he would become a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 2006 he affirmed he was joking about renouncing his Canadian citizenship, stating:

I'm not an American citizen. I'm a Canadian citizen. I just keep renewing my green card. ... I don't want to be American. ... I can vote in Canadian elections ... [but] I never did when I was in Canada... I never voted because I don't want to make a mistake. I'm so uninformed that I don't want that on my hands, you know?[44]

Personal life[edit]

He is divorced from wife Connie,[45] with whom he has a son, Dylan, born circa 1993.[3]

Macdonald has discussed his Christianity with Larry King on King's web series, Larry King Now.[46]

Works or publications[edit]

Books

Comedy albums

  • Macdonald, Norm. Ridiculous. Comedy Central Records, 2006
  • Macdonald, Norm. Me Doing Standup. Comedy Central Records, 2011

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Billy Madison Frank
1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt Network Reporter
1998 Dirty Work Mitch Weaver Also writer
1998 Dr. Dolittle Lucky Voice
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Bartender Uncredited cameo[citation needed]
1999 Man on the Moon Michael Richards Uncredited
2000 Screwed Willard Fillmore
2001 The Animal Mob Member Cameo
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Lucky Voice
Uncredited
2005 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Earl McManus Uncredited cameo[citation needed]
2006 Farce of the Penguins Join Twosomes Penguin Voice
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Lucky Voice
Uncredited
2007 Senior Skip Day Mr. Rigetti
2007 Christmas Is Here Again Buster the Fox Voice
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail To The Chief Lucky Voice
Uncredited
2008 The Flight Before Christmas Julius Voice
2009 Funny People Himself Cameo
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Lucky Voice
Uncredited
2010 Grown Ups Geezer Cameo
2010 Hollywood & Wine Sid Blaustein
2011 Jack & Jill Funbucket Cameo
2012 The Adventures of Panda Warrior King Leo Voice
2012 Vampire Dog Fang Voice
2012 The Outback Quint Voice
2014 The 7th Dwarf Burner the Dragon Voice
2015 The Ridiculous Six Nugget Customer Cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Dennis Miller Show Writer
1992–1993 Roseanne Writer and story editor
1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Jordan Episode: "Strike
1993–1998 Saturday Night Live Various roles 97 episodes; also writer
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: "Hank's Sex Tape"
1996, 2000 The Drew Carey Show Simon Tate / Himself 2 episodes
1997 NewsRadio Roger Edwards Episode: "The Injury"
1999 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Norm Macdonald/Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg"
1999–2001 The Norm Show Norm Henderson 54 episodes; also creator, writer and producer
2000 Family Guy Death Voice
Episode: "Death Is A Bitch"
2003–2004 A Minute with Stan Hooper Stan Hooper 13 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer
2004 Oliver Beene Hobo Bob Episode: "Girly Dad"
2005 The Fairly OddParents Norm the Genie Voice
2 episodes
2005 Back to Norm Various roles Television special; also writer and producer
2007–2009 My Name Is Earl Little Chubby 2 episodes
2008 The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Himself Television special
2010–2016 The Middle Rusty Heck 8 episodes
2011 High Stakes Poker Himself (host) Season 7
2011 Sports Show with Norm Macdonald Himself (host) 9 episodes; also producer
2011 Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup Himself Stand-up special
2013–present Norm Macdonald Live Himself (host)
2014–present Mike Tyson Mysteries Pigeon Voice
29 episodes
2015 Real Rob Himself Episode: "The Penis Episode Part 1"[47]
2015 Last Comic Standing Himself (judge) 8 episodes
2016 4th Canadian Screen Awards Himself (host) Television special
2016 Skylanders Academy Glumshanks Voice
2017 #Girlboss Main Role; In Development Netflix Series

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The capitalization of Norm Macdonald's surname has been inconsistently reported in publications such as TVGuide, but books discussing Norm such as Shales (2003) and Crawford (2000), the Game Show Network, and Comedy Central Sports Show with Norm Macdonald and comedy CD all consistently report "Macdonald" (lowercase "d") as his surname.
  2. ^ Macdonald, Neil (30 August 2016). "Neil Macdonald on brother Norm's confessions of a cult leader". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016. I've known Norm for nearly 57 years  Additionally, per photo caption: "Norm Macdonald's first day of school in Valcartier, Que., circa 1964. Norm was five in this photo, and his brother Neil, on the right, was seven. ([photo courtesy of] Macdonald family)."
  3. ^ a b c Edgers, Geoff (18 August 2016). "Will somebody please give Norm Macdonald another TV show?". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016. Macdonald, 56... [...] He tells everyone he was born in 1963, but he was really born in 1959. 
  4. ^ At least two standard references erroneously give his birthdate as October 17, 1963: "Norm Macdonald". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.  "Norm MacDonald [sic] Biography (1963-)". FilmReference.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Lovece, Frank. "Norm Macdonald of 'SNL' fame bringing his dry wit to Patchogue". Newsday. Retrieved 25 September 2016. You were born Oct. 17, 1959, but until recently told people 1963. Why? 
  6. ^ Macdonald, Neil (2015-07-14). "Farewell, America, Canada could learn from you: Neil Macdonald". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  7. ^ a b Story, Jared (September 23, 2010). "Norm Macdonald talks to Uptown". Winnipeg: Uptown. Archived from the original on September 28, 2010. Yeah, my brother is a news reporter. He lives in Washington now. I'm glad because he used to do war reporting. 
  8. ^ "Norm Macdonald". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Todd. "Norm Macdonald Biography". Dead-Frog. Retrieved March 24, 2011. [dubious ]
  10. ^ Fretts, Bruce (April 7, 2014). "Surely You Jost!". TV Guide. p. 9.
  11. ^ Pattatucci Aragon, Angela (2006). Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives. Routledge. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-56023-645-0. 
  12. ^ Wilchins, Riki Anne (February 28, 1996). "Subject: Saturday Night Live: Brandon Teena & Friends '...Deserved To Die.'". Qrd.org. Queer Resources Directory. 
  13. ^ Wild, David (November 27, 1997). "Looking for the heart of 'Saturday Night'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 23, 2007. 
  14. ^ Bill Carter (1998-06-03). "TV Notes; Ohlmeyer Vs. Macdonald". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  15. ^ Mike Sacks (2014-06-24). "'SNL's James Downey on Working with Norm Macdonald and Getting Fired for Making Fun of OJ Simpson". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  16. ^ Letterman, David (March 6, 1998). Late Night with David Letterman (TV series). New York: CBS. Retrieved February 23, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Norm Macdonald's Monologue". SNLTranscripts.jt.org. October 23, 1999. Retrieved February 2, 2007. 
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDkJCvUIhoY
  19. ^ "Bell Recruits Two New Spokesbeavers". Cossette.com. November 7, 2005. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved April 21, 2007.  Announcement With links to two QuickTime videos.
  20. ^ "The 2007 World Series of Poker – No-Limit Hold'em (Event 28)". Caesar's Interactive Entertainment. June 17–19, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2007. 
  21. ^ "Norm Macdonald Presents: The Fake News". SuperDeluxe.com. Turner Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on December 18, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Match Game". OCA: On Camera Audiences. Retrieved June 19, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Norm Macdonald here Jan. 21". Red Deer Advocate. Alberta, Canada: Black Press. January 6, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  24. ^ Rytlewski, Evan (March 13, 2009). "Norm Macdonald Talks Stand-Up, Teases FX "Reality" Show". Express Milwaukee. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Comedy Central Developing Weekly Sports Pilot with Norm Macdonald". Broadcasting & Cable. September 21, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald Official Site". Comedy Central. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  27. ^ "03.01.11 Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up" (Press release). Comedy Central. March 1, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Norm Macdonald New Host of GSN's High Stakes Poker" (Press release). Game Show Network. February 7, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Wait!! What?? NORM MACDONALD LIVE Launched Last Night?? His First Guest Was Super Dave Osborne??". Ain't It Cool News. March 26, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.  (includes press release)
  30. ^ Matheson, Whitney (March 26, 2013). "Norm MacDonald launches a video podcast". USA Today. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  31. ^ Anderson, Kyle (March 27, 2013). "Norm Macdonald talks new video podcast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  32. ^ Staley, Darren (May 29, 2013). "'Norm Macdonald Live' in Retrospect". America's Comedy. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  33. ^ Mwangaguhunga, Ron (March 26, 2013). "Review: 'Norm Macdonald Live'". Independent Film Channel. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  34. ^ Breakenridge, Rob (February 6, 2014). "Norm Macdonald". Rob Breakenridge Show (Interview). Soundcloud.com. 
  35. ^ Evans, Bradford. (May 2, 2014). "Norm Macdonald Is Campaigning on Twitter to Become Host of CBS's 'Late Late Show'". Splitsider.
  36. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 5, 2014). "Craig Ferguson to Be Replaced by James Corden as Host of 'Late Late Show' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Norm Macdonald gives David Letterman an emotional, beautiful send-off". Entertainment Weekly. May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  38. ^ Hanks, Henry. "KFC has another new Colonel Sanders: Norm Macdonald". CNN. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  39. ^ O'Reilly, Lara (August 17, 2015). "KFC has another new Colonel – and it'll be hoping some viewers hate these ads as much as the last". Business Insider. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  40. ^ Ridiculous, Norm Macdonald, 2006, Comedy Central Records
  41. ^ MacPherson, Guy (July 23, 2012). "What's So Funny?" (Interview). Interview with Guy MacPherson. 
  42. ^ a b Hughezy (October 19, 2012). "HughezyVSTheWorld" (Interview). Interview with Hughezy. 
  43. ^ Miller, Dennis; Macdonald, Norm (June 16, 2011). "The Dennis Miller Show" (Interview). Interview with Dennis Miller. 
  44. ^ a b c d MacPherson, Guy (January 17, 2006). "Norm Macdonald". (interview) ComedyCouch.com. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  45. ^ "Norm MacDonald [sic]". NNDB.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  46. ^ "Larry King NowOct 17 '16 - Norm Macdonald on gambling, politics, and coming out.". Larry King. YouTube. Oct 17, 2016.
  47. ^ Gables, Rick and Christina (27 November 2015). "'Real Rob' is a Comedic Depiction of SNL Alum Rob Schneider's Real Life". My TV Weekly Now. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 

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Preceded by
Kevin Nealon
Weekend Update anchor
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Colin Quinn